Monday, January 30, 2012

oodles of noodles

Air Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria, to Douala, Cameroun
Stir fried beef and noodles with red and green peppers, roll and butter, cream cake

The food of the moment in Nigeria: ramen. There are plants in Lagos that now manufacture their own ramen noodles, in familiar flavors such as spicy chicken and BBQ beef in that even more familiar brick of yellow curls, tossed into a thin plastic bag along with a foil pouch of MSG and salt. The only unfamiliar element here is the picture on the package of a Black family sitting in front of steaming bowls of ramen. Forks, though, not chopsticks. Not everyone is the same way, but for me, soup is not the first thing that comes to my mind when it is 95 degrees outside and it's only 8 o' clock in the morning, which, given Nigeria's equatorial latitude, is often the case. If there was ever a doubt about how wonderful ramen noodles are- the global takeover continues.
The most populous nation in Africa is now ramen noodle sufficient. I wonder when Naija will start exporting ramen to Nippon. 


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